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Spring Wedding at Copper Ridge On The Neuse | Madison and Bryce

May 10, 2022

Weddings

I obviously spend a lot of times at weddings. They’re all special in their own way, especially since I’m so personally connected with all of my couples.

But there are just some weddings where the love between everyone is SO tangible – you can FEEL it in the air, and it brings tears to your eyes. Madison and Bryce’s day was like that. Every moment was filled with emotion and I found myself teary-eyed multiple times.

From the day starting slowly and calmly with hand written notes to all of her bridesmaids, to a first look with Madison’s dad where he immediately burst into tears while trying to laugh it off.

Madison and Bryce chose to do a first touch and save their first time seeing each other until the ceremony. As they stood back to back with their friends and family watching from a distance, silent tears were rolling as they told each other they loved each other and prepared for their union.

The whole day was totally focused on the main reason – to join these two beautiful people together.

Weddings can be stressful. There’s a lot building up to this day! Madison and Bryce are the best example of focusing on each other, hiring an awesome vendor team, and watching everything else fall into place…and anything that doesn’t go perfectly doesn’t matter because they’re married!!

Their beautiful day just continued into the reception with sentimental toasts, and Madison’s MOH performing their first dance song. I absolutely LOVED it.

I can’t wait to see the way the world is changed by Madison and Bryce’s love. I am so thankful they asked me to be a part of their story. Congratulations you two!!!

Thank you to the wedding vendors who made this day beautiful:

Ceremony Venue: Copper Ridge on the Neuse
Planner: Angie Turnage
Video: Powell Filmmaking
DJ: Out Of This World Entertainment
Florals: Cheryl’s Flowers
Catering
: Strange and Sons
Cake: Mrs. Vingerbers
Rings: Baileys Fine Jewelry
, Allen Sutton Jewelry
Groom’s Suits: Aries in Goldsboro
Invitations: Basic Invite
Makeup + Hair: Ellen Massey (William Radford Hair Salon)
Wedding Dress: 
New York Bride & Groom of Garner
Bridesmaids Dresses: Carolina Bridal World of Smithfield

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